the caribbean region, south and central america, has been massive in scale. as a representative of the ninth congressional district of new york, i am proud to serve a very significant caribbean, south and central american and continental african immigrant community whose immigrant experience is as diverse as the countries from which they have come. in fact, i represent one of the most diverse immigrant-rich districts in the nation, with people who have come from the middle east, south asia, asia, russia, the eastern european nation and it's a virtual united nations. many entered our shores like my parents to pursue careers in medicine, science, education and other professions. many are proud business owners of law firms, restaurants, grocery stores, shipping companies, hairbraiding venues.